Civil engineers Southbay to double workforce after major contract wins

North Shields firm will undertake major projects at Port of Tyne and the former Swan Hunter site

www.craiglengphotography.co.uk Southbay's Swan Hunter project manager Graham Taylor, company managing director Paul Stephenson, and Southbay's Port of Tyne project manager Andrew Georgeson
Southbay's Swan Hunter project manager Graham Taylor, company managing director Paul Stephenson, and Southbay's Port of Tyne project manager Andrew Georgeson

A North East civil engineering specialist is doubling its workforce after securing contract wins at two landmark industrial sites in the region.

Southbay Civil Engineering Ltd’s work at Port of Tyne and the famous former shipyard Swan Hunter will see it grow its permanent staff to 60 and increase the size of its administrative headquarters.

At Port of Tyne, Southbay is expanding and improving Riverside Quay, the multi-functional deep-sea facility in South Shields, in an £18.6m contract.

It is also repairing 300-metres of crumbling concrete quay walls at Swan Hunter on the Tyne’s north bank in a £2.2m deal with North Tyneside Council.

Southbay, which is based in Cumberland Road in North Shields and founded in 2001, has seen turnover rise from £6m to £22m in a year. New staff positions range from senior site managers to trade and construction specialists.

Managing director Paul Stephenson said: “Our investment in new highly skilled staff and in our headquarters will support these business successes. They show that we have a careful eye on the future.

“I firmly believe that the people who work for Southbay are our most valuable asset, and so it is wonderful that we are in a position to expand. And with business doing so well, it is also important that we invest in our premises to support further growth.

“The fact that we have enjoyed such an excellent past year is due to the hard work and burning ambition we have built up over more than a decade. It’s a great credit to our workforce that their expertise and experience is being recognised.

“The very size and nature of these challenging contracts reflects our stature as a major civil engineering company undertaking technically difficult work in difficult environments in this region and beyond.

“I’m extremely proud that we are involved in projects at these great sites, both of which are synonymous with excellence, as I believe Southbay Civil Engineering also is. In particular the Port of Tyne has been a major client of ours for a number of years and we are proud to be their chosen contractor.”

Southbay’s contract at the Port of Tyne will include the demolition and rebuild of a section of the Port’s main iron ore quay, extending a suspended quay and renewing 90-metres of quay wall.

Its previous work has included a £2.2m contract to install piles and major temporary works to shore the banks of the Tyne during dredging and installation for the New Tyne Crossing, a project for which it also built two bridges that span the A19 at the south side of the tunnel entrance.

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